No appeal from Crittenton
Sheridan: Trade Still Possible
One of the reasons Javaris Crittenton isn't fighting his suspension is because a long arbitration battle might actually prevent him from resuming his career overseas, writes Chris Sheridan. Blog
Gilbert Arenas and Crittenton both received suspensions without pay for the rest of the regular season last Wednesday in the wake of the December gun incident in the Wizards' locker room that rocked the entire league.
Both players admitted to bringing a gun into the locker room after a dispute stemming from a card game on a team flight, violating a provision added to the collective bargaining agreement in 2005.
To avoid an even longer suspension, Arenas pledged to Stern that he would not appeal the penalty. Crittenton, in consultation with the NBA Players Association, did consider an appeal but ultimately decided to accept the suspension without protest in hopes of putting the incident behind him.
"After consulting with his representatives and the NBPA, Javaris has informed me that he does not intend to challenge the suspension that Commissioner Stern imposed last week," NBPA executive director Billy Hunter said in a statement Tuesday. "Javaris has said that he believes far more good will be done by moving forward and focusing on the future. We respect his decision and accordingly no grievance will be filed on his behalf. Javaris has reiterated to me his deep personal regret and I have no doubt that he will continue to make positive contributions as a respected member of our union and the NBA community."
Last week Crittenton was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation and was ordered to do outreach work with young people after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of an unregistered firearm.
Prosecutors agreed to drop a second misdemeanor charge of attempted carrying a pistol without a license.
Marc Stein is a senior NBA writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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